Volume 37#02

May 22 – June 4, 2012

The stamp depicts the Mekhitarist Congregation in Venice.

No fooling Greene machine

Garfield Portch demonstrated the machine with the massive $10 blue whale stamp. Blowing the stamp up revealed microprinting and a number of fluorescing details. Moving up the edge of the stamp, he revealed how the software makes it possible not only to count the perfs, but to actually make measurements. In a second demonstration, two earlier stamps were compared. Using the comparator, it was possible to backlight the stamps to reveal the laid paper line, and compare details of the wire weave. It appeared identical in both cases. In the case of a cover, Portch showed how it was possible to compare a spectral signature of the ink used in the cancel on a stamp with a separate date stamp. In this case, the inks matched, revealing that both stamps had been applied at the same time. Continue reading →

Features
Canada Post reports ‘a difficult year’
Page 19

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 23
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 27
Editorial
Collecting world still leaves room for mystery

We sometimes imply that there is a sort of natural evolution; that the collector starts out just accumulating, then eventually develops a plan, and finally becomes serious. At that point they start thinking about publishing and exhibiting. I don’t think that is always the case. I know some very experienced collectors who sort of do both things at once. They have a serious collection, which takes up most of their collecting budget and a chunk of time, and one or two fun collections which have little value but give them great pleasure. We also know generalist collectors, who take their hobby very seriously. My point here is that whatever you call it, the hobby is just not something that is easy to sum up in a single sentence. It is not just about acquisition, and it is not just about study, and for way too many of us, it is not just about profit.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Commonwealth Communique
Royal Mail fails to enjoy massive increase in demand for sta
Page 6
The World Of Stamps
Hooper focused on collecting after prison release
Page 8

Looking Back
‘I just paint things that are beautiful to me’
Page 10
Philatelic Profile
Summers creates portraits of big shots on a small canvas
Page 12

News Bites
Photo film inventor created cameras for the masses
Page 16
First-Day Covers
ArtCraft’s general purpose FDC cachets were widely used
Page 18

Stampnet
Postal administration sites take surfers abroad
Page 19
New Issues
From around the world
Page 22

Off The Beaten Track
Railways make the cut possible
Page 26
Past Issues
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